Academic Support

Tutoring Services

Through additional reinforcement of classroom instruction, tutoring labs assist students in developing language, basic mathematical, reading and writing, technical, and critical-thinking skills. These skills are necessary for a successful academic career in higher education, as well as participation in the workforce.

Tutoring services include open lab hours for students who need extra help in developmental and college-level courses. The services are available at the Paterson campus, the Passaic Academic Center, and the Wanaque Academic Center. In addition, computers are available to students for online labs and other skills review and exercises. Lab hours are posted each semester.

English Language Studies (ELS) Multi-Media Labs
Instruction in the ELS labs is provided by qualified tutors with experience in the teaching of English Language Studies. The tutors assist students in developing and improving their grammar, speaking, writing, listening comprehension and reading skills. Multi-media technology is used to enhance students’ oral and written competence in English.

The ELS Writing Center further supports students who need additional help to improve their writing skills. The ELS Writing Center also offers workshops to strengthen topics covered in the classes. Students can stop by for one-on-one and/or small group tutoring during the center’s drop-in times, which are available throughout the day and evening. Students are required to attend the labs at least once a week to fulfill their class requirements.

Developmental English
The Developmental English Lab provides tutoring and resources to help registered Developmental English students improve their reading and writing skills. The lab is equipped with computers for students to practice their reading and writing skills through computer-based programs. Study session workshops are offered to provide strategies to improve reading and writing efficiency by building students’ vocabulary and enhancing basic reading, writing, and study skills. Students register for designated lab sections and may also schedule appointments for individual or group tutoring.

Math Labs
Math labs are staffed by qualified tutors. The tutors’ efforts are supported by a variety of software and other educational resources, each directly related to the students’ course of study. Students who need additional help with math are referred to the Math Acceleration Program.

College level Tutoring
The Center for Student Success at Passaic County Community College (PCCC) is dedicated to serving the needs of the college community by offering tutoring and learning support in a wide variety of subjects. Tutors work one on one and with small groups to help students succeed in Math, English, Science, and the Humanities, as well as work on study and testing skills. College level tutoring is available on all campuses, and hours are posted each semester.

In-person writing support is also available to students taking college-level courses and Writing-Intensive (WI) courses. Computers are available to students in the Center for Student Success. Writing tutors also work with students preparing to take the College Writing Exam (CWE) in both one-on-one and group sessions. Students who have never taken the exam before are encouraged to go to the Center for information and for writing practice.  

Online Tutoring for PCCC Students
In order to provide services for all students, PCCC has created a partnership with Tutor.com.  Academic support is available online 24/7 in a wide variety of subjects, and access is available for all current students through their class BlackBoard platforms.  Students have the option to connect with a tutor on the spot, schedule an appointment in advance to work with a specific tutor in real time, or submit an assignment for review offline.  Requests may be made to the Coordinator of Tutoring for additional hours.